President Edgar Lungu has directed Secretary to the Cabinet Rolland Msiska to issue a statement on the eviction of former First Lady Dr Christine Kaseba from a Lodge where she was staying after leaving State House.
President Lungu who refused to comment further on the matter said he expects Dr Msiska to issue a very comprehensive statement on the issue immediately.
President Lungu was speaking shortly before departure to Mozambique where he has travelled to attend that country’s Independence Day celebrations.
‘By the way, I have directed the Secretary to the Cabinet to immediately issue a very comprehensive statement on the big story carried by the Post Newspaper today. Beyond this, I cannot comment further,’ President Lungu said.
On Tuesday, Mazabuka Central MP Gary Nkombo revealed in Parliament that the PF Government had stopped paying accommodation bills for Dr Kaseba forcing the owners of the Lodge, 8 Reedbuk in Kabulonga to evict her.
Mr Nkombo further disclosed that the Dr Kaseba has now been forced to move in with her biological mother in Lusaka’s Libala Township.
And President Lungu has announced that he will kick off his presidential campaigns upon arrival from Mozambique.
He said he will spend two days in Mozambique and will fly to Mfuwe where he will kick start his presidential campaigns.
President Lungu has also stated that Zambia needs to support its neighbours in good and bad times.
He said he is travelling to Mozambique because it is a big for that country hence the need for Zambia to join in the celebrations.
And Government has regretted the eviction of former First Lady, Christine Kaseba Sata, from the lodge she and her family were occupying in Kabulonga when they left statehouse.
Chief Government spokesperson, Chishimba Kambwili, said it was not government’s intention to see Mrs Sata evicted by the proprietors of the lodge which was being rented by government for the Sata family.
Mr. Kambwili who is also Information and Broadcasting Minister apologized to the First Lady and the Sata family for the inconvenience that has been caused to her.
‘’ As government, it was not intentional to embarrass the former first lady. It is the responsibility of government to find a house for the first lady of the late President,’’ Mr. Kambwili said.
He added that it was not fair to treat senior citizens in the manner the owner of the lodge allegedly directly went to the former first lady and told her to vacate the residence.
Mr. Kambwili hoped that the proprietors did not do that to embarrass government, adding that, the Sata family held a very special place to the Patriotic Front-PF party because former President Michael Sata was the founder of the organisation.
He said there was no way government would neglect payment of rentals resulting into the eviction of the former first lady from the lodge.
“To the Sata family we say sorry and government will make sure that it quickly looks for another house,” Mr. Kambwili said.